IIT Bhilai receives coveted GRIHA awards for sustainability aspects of its campus design

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhilai campus architectural design received the GRIHA Exemplary Performance Award in the categories of Passive Architecture Design & Energy Management and was runner up in Integrated Water Management. These awards were announced at the 12th GRIHA Summit on December 15-16, 2020 with the theme “Rejuvenating Resilient Habitats”. The summit, which was organized by TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute), was inaugurated by Hon’ble Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Shri Hardeep Singh Puri,MoSHousing and Urban Affairs.

GRIHA is a rating tool that helps assess the performance of buildings against nationally acceptable benchmarks. It evaluates the building’s environmental performance holistically over its entire life cycle, with the rating system based on internationally accepted energy and environmental principles.

IIT Bhilai had always kept the environmental aspects at the highest level of focus while designing its buildings. The fully sustainable and energy efficient water-front campus of the institute is designed to adhere to the norms required for GRIHA 5-star rating. The state-of-the-art campus is adopting cutting-edge methodologies to reduce disruption and retain natural resources such as water bodies, flora and fauna. The orientation of the buildings as well as the use of insulated walls and glassware supplements the liveability of the buildings within the existing natural habitat.

The campus is under construction at Bhilai and will have 100% LED based light fixtures and high efficient electrical equipment to minimize energy consumption. The rooftop solar panels are planned to generate power to meet 30% of its requirement. This goal of reduction in power requirements is further supplemented to reduce the demand from the grid with the help of Campus Level Building Management System (BMS) integrated with SCADA. The central air conditioning plant will also provide air conditioning to the student hostels at night.

The campus will have a network of water bodies that will retain overflow during the rainy season. The landscape along these water bodies will form micro climate zones conserving the natural conditions of the locality. In addition, the campus will have net zero water run-off with zero waste discharge and zero sewage discharge.

Speaking on this, Prof Rajat Moona emphasized on the institute’s resolve to be friendly to the climate and environment, flora and fauna. Besides securing the prestigious GRIHA awards, various features incorporated in the architecture will ensure that the IIT Bhilai permanent campus becomes a futuristic model for all higher education institutions to come.

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